This Week in Anime

Tower of God
Episode 1

My biggest complaint about Tower of God’s first episode is that so much happens very quickly and without any real explanation. Normally I am okay with this sort of thing – I’m not the type of person that needs my hand held when it comes to storytelling – but here I found it somewhat jarring. There is a flashback that apparently details some of our protagonist’s backstory and his relationship with Rachel, but honestly it was a little confusing. I wasn’t entirely sure that the person depicted with Rachel was Bam, nor did I understand immediately that this scene was a flashback at all. It’s hard to feel any connection to Bam, or his quest to reach the top of the Tower and reunite with Rachel, when we really have no background or information for either character.

The animation is overall pretty good. There are some very beautiful scenes, and the eel looked amazing. That said, there are some issues with character designs that I didn’t particularly like. Some scenes feature backgrounds that are uninteresting and bland. This isn’t necessarily a huge issue, as art and animation is very often subjective.

I am certainly intrigued enough to watch the next episode of Tower of God, and am looking forward to learning more about the unique world and the characters that inhabit it.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Sevens
Episode 1

I will preface this by saying that I completely missed out on the Yu-Gi-Oh! craze, and thus I have not seen any of the older anime. That said, I really enjoyed this first episode. Right from the very beginning, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Sevens is entertaining to watch. It also does a good job of introducing new people to the universe and card game itself, while explaining the new Rush Duel mechanic. I will admit that I got a little lost during the duel towards the end of the episode, but I followed well enough to get the general idea of what was happening.

Even though Yu-Gi-Oh!: Sevens is obviously aimed for a younger audience, I was happy to find that Yuuga seems to be a relatively restrained protagonist. This first episode lacked many of the things that initially turn me off when it comes to shounen anime, and I have hope that Yu-Gi-Oh!: Sevens will be able to entertain me throughout the series. The art and animation is generally what I expected, though the CGI monsters didn’t look as bad as I feared they would.

I’m excited to dive into the Yu-Gi-Oh! world, and Yu-Gi-Oh!: Sevens seems to be a great introduction while breathing some fresh air into the franchise.

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